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Since 1993, Ancestral Spirits Gallery has offered an uncommon collection of fine native art and crafts from Indigenous Peoples of North America and beyond. Located in Port Townsend, WA, our native art gallery features a wide array of contemporary and antique native art including basketry, carvings, photography, textiles and jewelry. Can’t come to our gallery yourself? We ship both domestically and internationally.

Our collection includes masks and totem poles, paddles, bentwood boxes and bowls, alongside museum-quality 19th and 20th century baskets from the native tribes of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Canada and Siberia. We have an extensive selection of limited edition prints and original paintings from the Northwest Coast, Woodlands, Inuit and Siberian regions.

. . . an “exquisite art gallery.”

  — National Geographic Traveller

Many of the native artists we represent work in the tradition of their ancestors, revealing the old stories while bringing new life to cedar and cedarbark, fossilized ivory and whalebone. Others work in mediums like glass, bronze and paper, honoring their history with modern materials and methods.

Work We Carry

  • • Anaktuvuk Pass Skin Masks
  • • Baleen Baskets
  • • Bead & Quill Work
  • • Bentwood Boxes & Bowls
  • • Birchbark Baskets
  • • Button Blankets
  • • Copper Work
  • • Handmade Native Dolls
  • • Native Drums
  • • Carved & Painted Masks
  • • Paddles
  • • Edward S. Curtis Photogravures
  • • Original Paintings
  • • Limited Edition Art Prints
  • • Native Rattles
  • • Silk Scarves
  • • Other Native Textiles
  • • Totem Poles
  • • Vessels in Ceramic and Wood
  • • Wool Blankets

Other Services

We can assist you with reselling your native art collection as well as estate liquidations.

Domestic and international shipping are available.

Curious?

If you see a piece you like or if you have a question, give us a call or send us an email and we can usually give you additional pictures and information. Unless a piece has sold recently, all work seen on the site is currently available for sale.

If you’re looking for something specific that you don’t see here, please ask! We have many more pieces in our gallery that are not displayed on our website.

native american calendar

Native American Calendar differs greatly from the traditional calendar that is primarily used in the

present day. However, this calendar varies depending on the tribe and the region these tribes inhabited

since the calendar emphasizes on earth and nature. In addition, the calendar is a symbol of the

beginning of a new year as it started on spring months, which is the time of the year that new plants

and animals are born.

Native American Calendar not only commences on different time of the year but also is moon-based making

certain months of the calendar have several moon names. The possible reasons for this were the

different tribes, which were associated with the moon naming and translations of the same name.

Overlapping of multiple moons in the same month of the calendar is also another likely reason for

plenty of moon names in some months.

In the Native American Calendar, Lakota Indians have given January the moon name of Frost in the Teepee

Moon or Strong Cold Moon. On the other hand, other tribes as far as the Native American Calendar is

concerned, know January as Strong Frost Moon, Snow Moon or Wolf Moon. Sioux Indians know February as

the Dark Red Calves Moon among other names such as the Snow Moon, Raccoon Moon and Hunger Moon. The

moon names for March in this calendar are the Awaking Moon, the Buffalo Calves Drop Moon, Snow Blind

Moon, the Worm Moon, the Crow Moon and the Maple Sugar Moon. Similar to March, April has many moon

names that include Growing Grass Moon, the Red Grass Appearing Moon, the Frog Moon, the Pink Moon and

the Planter’s Moon.

Depending on the tribe’s Native American Calendar, June has the following moon names: The Fatness Moon,

the Rose Moon, the Buck Moon and the Making Fat Moon. On the other hand, the Blood Moon, the Ripe

Cherries Moon, the Red Cherries Moon and the Heat Moon are the Moon names for July. August in the

Native American Calendar is referred to as the Black Cherries Moon, the Thunder Moon, Geese Shed

Feathers Moon or the Green Corn Moon. The Hunting Moon, Harvest Moon, Drying Grass Moon, Black Calf

Moon and Corn Festival are the moon names for September.

October has three popular moon names, which include the Changing Seasons Moon, Flying Ducks Moon and

the Falling Leaves Moon. Consequently, November in the Native American Calendar is commonly known as

the Falling Leaves Moon or the Beaver Moon. Finally, the moon names for December in this 2015 calendar are

Cold Moon, Long Night Moon, Deer Shed their Horns Moon or the Popping Trees Moon.

To conclude, as earlier stated, the Native American Calendar is moon-based hence for the Indian

calendar to coincide with the traditional calendar, an additional moon is added every three years.